Gretchen McCullough

Gretchen McCullough was raised in Harlingen, Texas. After graduating from Brown University in 1984, she taught in Egypt, Turkey, and Japan. She earned her MFA from the University of Alabama and was awarded a teaching Fulbright to Syria from 1997–’99. Her stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in The Barcelona Review, Archipelago, National Public Radio, Storysouth, Guernica, The Common, and The Millions. Translations in English and Arabic have been published in Nizwa, Banipal, inTranslation, World Literature Today, and Washington Square Review. Her bilingual book of short stories, Three Stories From Cairo (trans. with Mohamed Metwalli), was published in 2011. A collection of stories about expatriate life in Cairo, Shahrazad’s Tooth, appeared in 2013. Currently, Gretchen is a senior lecturer in the Department of Rhetoric and Composition at the American University in Cairo. Her novel Confessions of Knight Errant: Drifters, Thieves and Ali Babas Treasure is forthcoming from Cune Press, 2022. Her website is at